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Candice Jones
Friday, January 17, 2020

Carmon Bell, first grade teacher and Kerri Lee, third grade teacher at James Matthews Elementary School in the Dollarway School District were recently honored and received rewards for their outstanding hard work using the Positive Behavior Incentives and Supports (PBIS) program.  PBIS is a behavior management system used to understand what maintains an individual’s challenging behavior and provides tools to correct it.  In other words, PBIS is a way for schools to encourage good behavior by teaching kids about behavior just as they are taught about other subjects like reading or math. The focus of PBIS is prevention of bad behavior, not punishment.

The two teachers were awarded with tickets to a UAPB football game on Oct. 26.  Ms. Bell has been a first grade teacher for fourteen years in the district. “I feel that PBIS has boosted the school culture in a positive way and the students are always trying to do their best to get the acknowledgement from not only their teachers but also the administrators,” stated Ms. Bell, when asked about the effectiveness of using PBIS. Lee, who has been teaching three years said that, “As a math teacher, it is really exciting to see the students counting cardinal bucks and the effort the students put into keeping up with them.  They are learning how to count money, which will help them in the future.”

Pictured L to R: Carmon Bell-JMES 3rd grade teacher, Andrew Roshell, III-PBIS Support Specialist and Kerri Lee-JMES 3rd grade teacher.